Possible school closures in Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows due to snowfall

TransLink also issues weather warning.

  • Dec. 2, 2016 10:00 a.m.

The Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows school district is warning that there may be snow early next week, and parents should watch for notices of school closures.

Environment Canada is forecasting a 30 per cent chance of snow flurries on Monday and a 70 per cent chance of snow for Wednesday and Thursday.

The Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows school district has an inclement weather policy, closing schools when extreme weather conditions endanger the health or safety of students and staff.

School closures due to inclement weather are the discretion of the superintendent and senior staff. Decisions are made by 6 a.m. for each day.

Details will be posted on the school district website (sd42.ca) and shared with all media in the Lower Mainland.

TransLink is also monitoring the weather and prepared, under our snow and adverse weather plans, for possible freezing temperatures and snow forecast over the weekend.

Steps operations will take to keep customers and public transit moving in snowy and icy conditions:

· If a street is not plowed, operators may refrain from pulling into bus stops to avoid getting stuck and instead stop in an area that is safe and accessible for riders;

· If needed, articulated buses will be replaced by traditional buses as they’re more agile and better equipped to handle hills or streets that have poor conditions;

· trolley de-icer trucks will spray the entire trolley overhead system if there is a forecast or risk of frost or ice;

· SkyTrain power rail and collector shoes on trains will be de-iced, as well de-icing stations will be set up in covered areas and tunnels;

· measures are also taken to make sure switches are protected from freezing;

· during times of overnight snow, SkyTrain will run throughout the night to keep tracks clear.

If there is snow or ice, customers should remember to dress for the elements, wear proper footwear and expect occasional service disruptions throughout the day.

“We encourage our customers to plan ahead and to make sure to allow extra commuting time,” said TransLink.

.Customers can check with Trip Planner or m.translink.ca mobile device, or sign up for transit alerts so they’ll be the first to know if there are changes in the transit schedule.

• Follow customer information on Twitter (@translink), Facebook (TransLink) and save the number (604-953-3333) on mobile devices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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